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The eight-foot refit model

The studio models that represented the Constitution-class USS Enterprise were slated to be modernized and redesigned after the production of Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Animated Series. Starting out with traditional physical studio models, digital versions were also used to represent ships of this class in the Star Trek franchise.

Ralph McQuarrie, best known to the public for his stunning production designs for the Star Wars films, was hired by Ken Adam to help develop the designs for the new Star Trek: Planet of the Titans movie, ultimately abandoned to make way for Star Trek: Phase II, the new television series. Although the design used the same elements as the original design, saucer shaped primary hull, warp engine assemblies and a engineering secondary hull, the secondary hull was flattened and wedge shaped, providing a radically different look, one not unlike the Star Destroyers McQuarrie designed for those films.

Their Enterprise design, however, was abandoned, and Roddenberry asked Matt Jefferies to update the famous starship to reflect the refit that would be part of the Phase II-series' back story. During June 1977, Jefferies' re-designed the engine nacelles from tubes to thin, flat-sided modules, and tapered their supports. He also added the distinctive photon torpedo launch ports on the saucer connector.
Did You Know that when Stephen Hawking was taken on a tour of the USS Enterprise-D engine room set, he indicated the warp core and said, "I'm working on that"?
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Today in Trek history

Today is
Friday
1921
Gene Roddenberry is born.
1924
William Marshall is born.
1931
Brett Dunham is born.
1936
Robert Towers is born.
1937
Kathy Ahart is born.
1938
Diana Muldaur is born.
1943
Robert Blackman is born.
1946
Michael Harney is born.
1952
Jonathan Frakes is born.
1961
Joe Bauer is born.
1966
The score for TOS: "The Man Trap", composed by Alexander Courage, is recorded.
1968
Fifth day of filming on TOS: "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky".
Revised final script draft for TOS: "Day of the Dove" is submitted.
1971
Jonathan Cook is born.
Billy Vernon dies.
1972
The Thirty-First UK Story Arc concludes in Valiant & TV21 #47 with the fifth of five installments.
1974
Daniel Betances is born.
1983
Fifth day of filming on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Bridge scenes are filmed today.
1987
Fourth day of filming on TNG: "The Last Outpost".
1988
Wyatt Gray is born.
1991
Second day of filming on TNG: "Disaster".
1992
Second day of filming on DS9: "Emissary".
1993
Second day of filming on TNG: "Phantasms".
1994
Final draft script for DS9: "Second Skin" is submitted.
1997
Second day of filming on DS9: "Favor the Bold".
First day of filming on VOY: "Year of Hell, Part II".
The VHS collection Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Data Collection is released in the US.
1998
Second day of filming on DS9: "Chrysalis".
2002
Sixth day of filming on ENT: "Dead Stop".
Paramount Home Entertainment releases Enterprise volume 1.8 and the Enterprise 1.1-1.3 Collectors Edition on VHS in the UK.
2003
Eighth and final day of filming on ENT: "Impulse".
2004
Fifth day of filming on ENT: "Borderland".
2009
June Gilham dies.
2015
Thirty-ninth day of filming on Star Trek Beyond.
2021
LD: "Kayshon, His Eyes Open" premieres on Paramount+.

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